Congregation Ner Tamid
In the past couple of weeks, we as a congregation have participated in an offsite Kabbalat Shabbat Service at our “satellite” location in Collingswood and observed and celebrated Shabbat with CBT. In the next few weeks, we as a congregation will be hearing about the options for the future of Congregation Ner Tamid and I am sure many of you are concerned for our future as a congregation.
Not to worry, HaShem always provides you with what you need to survive and thrive. We recently started the book of Shemot/Exodus, where we meet Moses and the enslaved Jewish people. We hear that HaShem has heard the cries and plight of his people Israel and will provide for and free them from their enslavement. Through a series of miracles G-d shows the people Israel that Pharaoh is not the all-powerful, but that HaShem with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm will lead the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt and into the Sinai to receive the Torah, and to take on our obligation to be the light of the nations and G-d’s chosen people. Even when we as a people stray from G-d with the events of the golden calf, while G-d banishes us for 40 years in the dessert, he still provides us with manna from heaven to sustain us in life and nourishment.
It is a similar sign to us that HaShem will provide for us, as we celebrate Tu B’Shevat on February 11 after our Shabbat services in a satellite location. We eat 4 varieties of fruits and nuts to symbolize the spirituality of us as humans and how we should conduct ourselves in daily living. Again, HaShem has provided us with plants and trees that will sustain the living and if we believe in his sovereignty we will have what we need.
So, in the next few weeks as you are presented with the options for the future of Congregation Ner Tamid, know that you are being asked to choose because G-d has given you this choice. He has provided you with options to suit your individual needs. One option will be to belong to an existing congregation with their new Rabbi and become acquainted with their celebrations and customs with the possibility that the existing congregation will assume some of the CNT customs. Another option will be to “relocate” our current congregation to the Collingswood area which has been identified to have many “younger” families who are interested in having a congregation like CNT. Two very good options for each of you.
Please don’t take this situation and decision lightly, please attend the congregational meeting to gain as much insight into this process as you can. Know that I am here for the entire congregation regardless of what choice you choose. If I can assist you in this very important decision, I am only a phone call, email, or face to face meeting away.
All the Best,
---Rabbi Joe Domosh
Congregation Ner Tamid, 1705 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
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From The Desk Of Rabbi Joseph M. Domosh